Yesterday's Leaves

This work addresses the wisdom to be gleaned from slowing down and paying attention, and from acknowledging one’s place in the greater cosmology as experienced through an intimate relationship to the landscape. Landscape is represented here by leaves and mountains.

The series was inspired by David Hinton’s book called Hunger Mountain, and in particular his beautiful story about an imaginary poet who lived out her advanced years in the Thatch-Hut Mountain area of ancient China. It was there that her poetry evolved from written works to the leaves she collected in her library. Leaves she released each winter to mark and trace their way as they blew across the snow. “Leaf Poems” I call them. Poetry that speaks of being one with the landscape.

These one-of-a kind images are made with a process I call limnography, or developer drawings on traditional black and white gelatin silver photo paper.

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